How to choose a laminate
Laminate is divided into 4 classes, from 31 to 34, each of which has its own indicators of strength and durability. If you plan to install this floor in the bedroom or living room, you should not buy expensive material of a higher class. Low load on the surface of the floor in these rooms will allow the floor to maintain the original appearance for a long time. The kitchen and bathroom are distinguished by their more intensive use in everyday life; accordingly, the laminate for these rooms requires special resistance to the presence of moisture and temperature changes. A higher grade of coating with waterproof properties will ensure long and reliable operation. Laminated board is made from 6 to 12 mm thick. From this indicator depends on the impact resistance of the coating and the property of sound absorption. Usually in the conditions of an apartment, a laminate thickness of 6-7 mm is sufficient. If the unevenness of the floor could not be completely eliminated during the preparatory work, it is better to buy thicker panels.
It is worth warning against buying cheap laminate from a manufacturer that has not proven itself in the flooring market. Products of well-known companies have impressive warranty periods and proven quality. She passes a special test, which includes 18 points, the results of which laminated panels are recognized by the relevant European standards and receive a certificate. This ensures that the material will have complete environmental friendliness, wear resistance and impact resistance, resist aggressive chemicals and will not burn out in the sun. Non-certified products, in addition to their low service life, are also dangerous with a high content of formaldehyde. This poisonous substance is prohibited for use in Europe, and counterfeit goods can be easily recognized by the caustic smell.
The color and texture of the laminate depends only on the intended interior design. For the classic version more suitable wooden textures of different shades. Juicy and bright colors will enliven avant-garde style. It can be an imitation of metal or stone, and the texture allows you to choose a smooth or embossed material. The main thing is to avoid sharp contrasts in the color of the floor, walls and ceiling.The color scheme should be calm, not annoying eyes. When using contrasting colors in the interior, it is necessary to take into account that light walls and a ceiling in combination with a dark floor visually make the room wider, and dark decoration of the ceiling and walls in the presence of a light laminate will make the room shapeless and unclear.